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Rappler's latest stories on christmas


Getting a head start on your Christmas shopping? Check out these deals

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Shopee’s 10.10 sale is here to save your wallet!

Lea Michele reunites with ‘Glee’ co-stars for first Christmas album

Sep 24, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'Glee' superstars Darren Criss and Jonathan Groff will be appearing on Lea Michele's upcoming 'Christmas In The City' album

SM Supermalls kicks off the Christmas season with #SparklingSMallidays

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Get up to 70% discount at SM pre-holiday sale from October 25 to November 3

Fewer Christmas ham seen as PH combats African swine fever

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:55 PM

The Philippine Association of Meat Processors says some of its members have decided to scale down output in view of the uncertain business environment brought about by African swine fever

Christmas eyes PBA comeback after winless stint with Magnolia

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Rakeem Christmas sees action for Magnolia in just 3 games at the Commissioner's Cup, all of which ended in a loss

HIATUS. Rakeem Christmas admits not playing organized basketball for more than a year affected his game. Photo from PBA Images

Christmas putting quiet PBA debut behind as Ginebra awaits in playoffs

Jul 17, 2019 - 11:41 PM

Rakeem Christmas will have his hands full in his next PBA game as he faces reigning Best Import Justin Brownlee and defending champion Barangay Ginebra

ADJUSTMENT PERIOD. Rakeem Christmas will have to fast-track his adjustment to the Magnolia system entering the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: Hobbies for the holidays

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Have you tried any of these activities?

[OPINION] My first Christmas without dad

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Every time there was barbecue grilling in front of our house, I knew that my father would live on in my memories and that I would always be home for Christmas

VIRAL: Laguna teacher draws portraits of her 27 students as Christmas gifts

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:12 PM

'I wanted to give them something special. That way they will be inspired to study harder,' says Roselyn Barcoma of the the Holy Redeemer School of Cabuyao

Smart and Netflix launch partnership in time for the holiday season

Jan 02, 2019 - 4:56 PM

The companies announced their partnership via a Christmas hunt challenge inspired by Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles”

#InspireCourage: Little acts of kindness captivate netizens in Christmas 2018

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Little acts of kindness go a long way this Christmas 2018

Pacquiao, Broner train on Christmas

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Even Christmas can't stop Manny Pacquiao and his opponent Adrien Broner from training for their big fight

DAILY GRIND. Manny Pacquiao spends Christmas by working out with his team and his family. Photo from Manny Pacquiao's Instagram

PNP identifies 6 persons of interest in Batocabe murder | Evening wRap

Dec 26, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Watch the evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

WATCH: What does Jose Mari Chan do after December 25?

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:41 PM

The unofficial voice of the Filipino Christmas season stars in a cheeky ad for Netflix Philippines

AFTER DEC 25. Jose Mari Chan stars in a new – and cheeky – Netflix Philippines ad. Screenshot from the Netflix Philippines Facebook page

‘Uncivilized, undisciplined’: Netizens bash littering visitors in Luneta

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:38 PM

There was a lot of trash talk when netizens found out about the garbage in Luneta on Christmas Day

Luneta photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LOOK: NBA stars spend Christmas with their families

Dec 26, 2018 - 5:15 PM

NBA stars like LeBron James and Steph Curry make time for their families despite playing big games on Christmas day

#JAMESGANG. LeBron James and his family wishes everyone happy holidays in matching cozy Christmas outfits. Photo from LeBron James' Instagram

On Christmas Eve, Trump questions child about belief in Santa

Dec 26, 2018 - 3:13 PM

'This further proves that he is the grinch,' says a critic of US President Donald Trump on Twitter

CHRISTMAS EVE. US President Donald Trump speaks on the telephone as he answers calls from people calling into the NORAD Santa tracker phone line in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 24, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Queen warns of 'tribalism' in Christmas address

Dec 26, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'Even the power of faith, which frequently inspires great generosity and self-sacrifice, can fall victim to tribalism,' says Queen Elizabeth II

CHRISTMAS ADDRESS. Queen Elizabeth II warns of religious 'tribalism' in her Christmas address aired on December 25, 2018. Photo from 'The Royal Family' on Facebook

Tropical Depression Usman brings rain to Visayas, Mindanao | Midday wRap

Dec 26, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Watch the midday wRap with Paterno Esmaquel

After trash litters Luneta, watchdog asks: Keep parks clean

Dec 26, 2018 - 1:40 PM

After visitors left their trash in Luneta Park on Christmas Day, Ecowaste Coalition reminds the public that littering is strongly discouraged

CLEAN-UP. A street cleaner gathers used plastic bottles, plastic bags, and trash left behind from visitors during their holiday celebration in Luneta Park. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Woman gives birth along Makati street on Christmas Day

Dec 25, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Police say 3 cops assisted the woman as she went into labor

Christmas morning fire kills 12-year-old boy in Cebu

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The blaze on Tuesday, December 25, also leaves hundreds of families homeless

Photo from Nagiel Bañacia, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head

Warriors-Lakers contest banners NBA Christmas day games

Dec 25, 2018 - 3:08 PM

LeBron is set to join the ranks of Shaquille O'Neal and former teammate Dwyane Wade as he matches the second-most Christmas appearances in NBA history

SUPER-SHOWDOWN. NBA idols Steph Curry and LeBron James go head-to-head on Christmas day. Photos by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (Curry) and Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (James)

Here’s how the stars celebrated Christmas 2018

Dec 25, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Local celebrities get in on the holiday cheer

HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Carlo Aquino joins Angelica Panganiban and her family for Christmas. Screenshot from

LOOK: Duterte spends Christmas Eve with family

Dec 25, 2018 - 1:01 PM

A photo posted by his son Paolo shows President Rodrigo Duterte surrounded by his children and grandchildren while enjoying a Christmas feast

Pope Francis cautions against materialism | Midday wRap

Dec 25, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Watch Rappler's midday wRap with Margie de Leon

2 Christmases later, Marawi hostages wait in vain for Duterte's promises

Dec 25, 2018 - 11:28 AM

'Mahirap ang buhay. Wala nga kami maihanda kagabi,' says Merlinda Obedencio. Her two children are among dozens of surviving Christian hostages from Marawi siege who regularly meet to draw strength from each other.

REHABILITATION. The ground breaking ceremony for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Marawi City's Most Affected Area finally pushes through on October 30, after several delays and rescheduling. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Crystal Brosas' Christmas wish isn't for herself – it's for her mom K

Dec 25, 2018 - 11:15 AM

The rising singer talks Christmas traditions and more

Pope Francis urges more 'sharing and giving' in Christmas Mass

Dec 25, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The birth of Christ points to a new way to live 'not by devouring and hoarding, but by sharing and giving,' says Pope Francis

Pope Francis leads a mass to mark the first World Day of the Poor, on November 19, 2017 at St Peter's basilica in Vatican.  Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

READ: Gospel for Christmas Day - December 25, 2018

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Christmas day 2018

Amid 'dark' bullying, Ateneo president says defend light of Christmas

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:10 PM

'If hate and pain seem to be enduring, these can never be greater than love,' says Ateneo president Fr Jose Ramon Villarin in his Christmas Eve homily

LIGHT IN THE DARKESS. Ateneo president Father Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ, calls for the end of 'darkness' from the viral bullying incident. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle urges youth to make 'toxic' world better

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:40 PM

'You don't deserve this world but you, young people, can make this world better, for the Savior was a child,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Christmas Eve

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle lays down the image of baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve mass at Manila Cathedral, December 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Christmas Eve Masses in Manila Cathedral and Ateneo

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is leading the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral, while Ateneo president Father Jose Ramon Villarin is saying Mass at the Church of the Gesù

SIMBANG GABI. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle leads the first Simbang Gabi this year at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pilgrims gather at Jesus' traditional birthplace for Christmas

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Tourism officials and hotel operators report their strongest season in years

‘End contractualization’: Sumifru workers spend Christmas at protest camp

Dec 24, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Instead of spending Christmas with their families in Compostela Valley, they build a Christmas tree made out of scraps at their protest camp in Liwasang Bonifacio

Gov't execs on Christmas 2018: Find hope amid challenges

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Filipinos can draw strength from Jesus, Mary, and Joseph as the country faces challenges, such as rising prices of goods

SANTA CLAUS. A man portraying Santa Claus gets a kiss during a Chistmas parade in SM City Masinag, Antipolo, days before Christmas. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle to youth: Sorry for bullying, lies by elders

Dec 24, 2018 - 3:22 PM

In his Christmas message, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Jesus can transform 'eerie silent nights' into 'holy nights'

SIMBANG GABI. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides over the first Simbang Gabi this year at the Manila Cathedral on December 16, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lola Saturnina’s holiday reunion survival guide

Dec 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Bookmark, save, screenshot – we got you covered, bes

Stand up for the newborn Jesus!

Dec 24, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Stand up for life. Stand up for purity. Stand up for human dignity. We cannot find Christmas joy in timidity and cowardice. Stand up and choose the Lord!

Last-minute gift guide: Watsons, the bottomless pit of beauty goods

Dec 24, 2018 - 2:01 PM

An unapologetic Watsons 'tambay' breaks down what you should cop from the ubiquitous drug store

(SELF) GIFT PARADISE. All the beauty products you needed – and didn't know you needed, all in one roof. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Catriona Gray’s 'O Holy Night' cover will make your Christmas merry indeed

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Miss Universe 2018 has some serious singing chops

SINGER. Catriona Gray, pictured her at the Frontrow/Miss Universe press conference, lends her angelic voice to a cover of 'O Holy Night.' File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

After almost 2 years in jail, De Lima finally sees mother

Dec 24, 2018 - 1:14 PM

'We cried while hugging each other,' says Senato Leila de Lima after seeing her 86-year-old mother, who is suffering from dementia

File photo

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits kids with cancer days before Christmas

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte visits a foundation for Mindanaoan children with cancer, listening to them by their bedsides and gamely posing for photos with the center's staff

Why Christmas is sentimental for Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International 2018 Aya Fernandez

Dec 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

We catch up with the beauty queen to talk Christmas traditions and why family matters

Christmas for Mar Roxas and Korina Sanchez: The basics with a touch of extra

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:49 AM

For the couple whose schedules are often action-packed, Christmas is both meaningful and simple: a chance to spend time with the people who matter the most

TIS THE SEASON. For Korina Sanchez and Mar Roxas, Christmas is about the basics. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Christmas in a sea of sadness

Dec 24, 2018 - 9:00 AM

We wish everyone clarity of thought to realize our contradictions, our duplicity, nay, our hypocrisy

READ: Gospel for Simbang Gabi - December 24, 2018

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Read in Tagalog and English the Mass readings and gospel for Simbang Gabi day 9

LOOK: NBA gifts fans with Christmas super-showdowns

Dec 23, 2018 - 7:05 PM

The NBA is lighting up Christmas with thrilling games for fans to enjoy

MERRY CHRISTMAS. NBA idols Steph Curry and LeBron James go head-to-head on Christmas day. Photos by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP (Curry) and Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (James)

On waiting: A Simbang Gabi homily

Dec 23, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Hindi ka iiwan sa ere ng Panginoon. Hindi paasa ang Panginoon.

WATCH: Simbang Gabi 2018

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

Rappler brings you the 9 days of Simbang Gabi – live, on video – from different churches around the Philippines and around the world

SIMBANG GABI. Filipinos prepare for Christmas through 9 days of dawn or evening Masses called Simbang Gabi. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler